First time at La Boca-- What to order?
I was there a few weeks ago with a group so large that we had to do a prix fixe menu. Everything was wonderful, but oddly, what really stuck out for me was the gnocchi. They were as light as pillows. Probably not what most people think of when they think of a steakhouse, but I'd try to get some on the side.
My steak was amazing, too. I want to say it was a bone-in ribeye.
The smoked fish bruschetta is great to start. Other than that, just get a bunch of steaks and share them. We usually go with the skirt, hanger, and flank. All medium rare. Also, lately they've had a special called a "flap" steak. If they've got it, get it. As far as sides go, get the grilled asparagus, fried brussel sprouts, corn pudding, and fries. If you've got to pick two of those go with the asparagus and brussel sprouts. Desserts are the weakest link, but the caramelized condensed milk crepes are pretty good. Enjoy.
I know that this is almost blasphemous to say, but the tasting menu is too much food. And I love the tasting menu and almost always recommend it for first timers. It's hard to imagine that it used to be even more food than the current pared down version.
It's difficult to limit the amount of food because most everything at La Boca is delicious. Anyway, for three people, here is what I would order, with the intention of sharing everything:
Flap steak (if available) or Skirt steak
Flash fried brussel sprouts
Any one or all of the desserts
The hanger steak has been kind of tough on my last few visits, but that might be because my girlfriend insists on ordering medium when we share. You could also substitute mashed potatoes and/or grilled asparagus if you don't want both sides fried. The brussel sprouts are dynamite though.
Whatever you order, don't make the mistake of filling up on bread.
La Boca Restaurant
857 Fulton St., New Orleans, LA 70130